Archive for June, 2011

A Successfully Modern Take <br/>on Old-fashioned Fun

A Successfully Modern Take
on Old-fashioned Fun

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For more than 80 years, bumper cars have been a staple attraction at amusement parks and FECs.  At one time, bumper cars were considered an adult ride because of height and weight restrictions, but now, new designs have made bumper cars easy and safe to operate for almost all age groups. A leading company behind […]

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Pilot Program: Inside the Popular Simulators at Wonderworks

Pilot Program: Inside the Popular Simulators at Wonderworks

June 1, 2011 No Comments

At Wonderworks in Orlando, Fla., visitors can take a trip like never before. The popular space exhibition – which attracts tourists from around the world each season – includes not only a replica of the Mercury capsule with a control panel and large astronaut suit, but it also features full-motion MaxFlight simulators that give everyone […]

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Providing the Right Mix of Attractions and Special Party Offers at Family Entertainment Centers

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Family Entertainment Centers (FECs) offer a variety of activities for all ages. The Roller Skating Association International has many members who own and operate FECs. Scott Drummond, Party Center Software, and former FEC owner with 11 years experience, offered a few tips in regard to planning an expansion into the FEC world. “You need to […]

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Safety and Security: How Bowling Centers Get Serious About Ensuring Fun

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From adult-oriented options, such as midnight bowling, to creative parties for kids, bowling center operators continue to devise programs aimed at attracting and pleasing visitors. But while ensuring that customers have fun while visiting their facilities is important, so, too, is keeping guests safe at all times. “It’s paramount, because it can make or break […]

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Could 71 Million People Be Wrong?

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Bowling’s Place in Your Family Entertainment Center Bowling, 71 million participants strong, continues to be America’s number one participation sport.  Positioned as an activity that has broad appeal across all demographic categories, bowling is in an enviable spot compared to many other recreation options. According to Simmons Research, over 9,867,000 children ages 6 to 11 […]

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Funovation Unveils Location in the Philippines

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There is a new Funovation Laser Maze Challenge™ installation in Enchanted Kingdom, Philippines.  All of Funovation’s locations are 100 percent unique, and this one features a creative design.

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Hurricane Simulators Hit Europe with United Kingdom Installation

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With now more than 100 machines in the United States and Canada, Hurricanewimulator.com it taking this popular and profitable revenue-share kiosk worldwide with their first installation in the United Kingdom. Recent installations in the United States include the 43rd Bounce U location, three NASCAR Speed Parks, the Carnegie Science Center, Six Flags, Kemah’s Boardwalk and […]

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Digital Centre Introduces the New Party’n’Go Photo Booth

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Digital Centre, “The Worldwide Photo Manufacturers,” is again breaking the usual photo booth mold with its New Party’n’Go Photo Booth. Designed for easy transportation with a bundle of exclusive features and solutions, this product is ready to ship. Party’n’Go is easy to transport, has a vertical 22-inch touch screen, Automatic Rental Timer™ and Photo Booth Rental […]

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June 2011

June 1, 2011 No Comments

The Large Park Report Higher Gas Prices: The 2011 Season Outlook for Florida Amusement Parks While some local parks do benefit from higher gas prices because vacationers generally end up staying closer to home to save money, even local parks suffer increased operating costs whenever energy prices rise. Business Strategies For Optimists, the Recovering Economy […]

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TAP’s New Online Look

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Tourist Attractions & Parks’ online presence continues to grow, and we hope you will visit the magazine’s redesigned Web site at www.tapmag.com. The site features more informative stories in addition to what is offered in the print version, as well as an archive of our weekly eNewsletter and a new leisure entertainment business management blog […]

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Sponsors

Perfect Fry

Innovative and simple-to-operate countertop deep fryer Perfect Fryers.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Enchanted Castle Studios

Fiberglass statuary and figures for restaurants, mini-golf, theme parks and other attractions.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

Planning consultants for wet/dry attractions, mini-golf, go-kart tracks and laser arenas.

Art Attack

Theming, miniature golf, parade floats, 3D props, air-brushed murals, signage and art panels.

Formula K Raceways

Go-karts, kiddie cars and bumper boats, go-kart parts and tires.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Brunswick Bowling

Entertainment bowling center developer and manufacturer of bowling equipment and entertainment products.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Extreme Engineering

Industry leader in zip lines, climbing walls, jumper systems and adventure products.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

Fun Pro is an insurance program especially designed for party planners and party rental businesses.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Embed

Provides innovative IT products and services with a primary focus on card-based solutions and database applications for the leisure and retail industries.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

Picnic tables, grills, park benches, planters, trash containers and more.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

International Special Events (ISERA)

Risk purchasing group, a better way to purchase liability insurance, specializing in inflatables and much more.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

Concession trailers and Antique, Jeep and Grand Prix auto rides.

Soft Play

Leader in designing, manufacturing and installing soft contained playground equipment.

Rides-4-U, INC.

New and used rides, kiddie, family, major and thrill.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Max Flight

Manufactures interactive virtual reality motion-platform game systems including networkable flight and roller coaster simulators.

Tear Repair

Tear-Aid industrial strength patches to repair holes and tears.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

Premier vending supply for all of your vending equipment and supply needs.

Jane Farrell Turf and Carpets, Inc.

Commercial carpet, printed and decorative patterns, loop and cut-pile construction. Wall coverings in fluorescents, Class A fire rated. Colored turf, both traditional and neon colors.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Laser Star

Laser shooting galleries, laser tag, dark ride target systems, overhead target ranges.

American Changer

Bill and coin dispensers and counters, ticket machines and more.

Family Fun Corp.

Waterpark walls for rivers, bumper boat and splash down pools.

Poly Products

Tables, benches and related products. Green products for a green world.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Penny Press

Penny souvenir machine, great for parks, FECs, bowling and skating centers, museums and tourist attractions.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Cost of Wisconson

Creators of simulated environments, duplicate structures, sculpted figures, exhibits, water features, mini-golf and more.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Gold Medal Products Co.

Concession equipment, foods and beverages, popcorn, pretzels and snack foods.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

A complete line of Imperial strollers, wagons and safari utility vehicles.

Rio Syrup

Over 250 flavors, syrups and concentrates for shaved ice, sno cones, shushes, food colors. Now featuring Hawaiian Flower Cups.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

Wristbands with no hidden costs, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Wristband System.

Spectrum Sports

Climbing walls, ropes courses, go-karts and more.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Knight Equipment

Drive cables for ferris wheels, Tilt-A-Whirls, Rock-O-Planes and many others.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Bulbtronics

A premier source for lamps, LEDs, batteries and lighting-related and electrical products.

Namco

Namco America is a premier manufacturer of coin-op arcade attractions, ranging from the hottest titles like Crazy Typhoon and Jumpin’ Jackpot to classic game-room experiences such as the Pac-Man 25th Anniversary upright that features Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga. Specialized pieces such as Wonka Sweetland and Flamin Finger are favorites too! For arcade gaming fun, Namco America is your answer.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Sureshot Redemption

One-stop source for prize redemption counters at entertainment centers.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

Store on Wheels

Importer and distributor of quality toys, lighting and novelties. Cater to the amusement, retail and entertainment industries.

Aquaventronics

Research and development of interactive water games for use in the commercial amusement industry.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

Designers of unique themed parks, attractions and environments for the entertainment business.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Castle Golf, Inc.

Planning, design and construction of miniature golf courses and family fun parks.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Johnny Rockets
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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys